Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins. Photo: Contributed
A NEW fire truck has been delivered to Cobar Fire Station bearing a personalised registration plate to honour fallen firefighter Daniel “Howie” Howard.
Retained Firefighter Howard was fatally injured by falling debris when a wall collapsed at the height of firefighting operations at the New Occidental Hotel in Marshall Street, Cobar, on August 17 last year.
His death deeply affected the township of Cobar and the “NSW firefighting family”.
On Tuesday morning Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins presented Cobar firefighters with the keys to the new $310,000 Mercedes Benz fire truck, referred to as a Class 2 pumper.
Its personalised number plate reading “Howies” was both a surprise for the community and a first in the history of FRNSW.
“This is a just a small but unique gesture to keep Firefighter Howard’s memory alive,” Commissioner Mullins said.
FRNSW reports that the truck has the latest equipment and technology, increasing the capacity of the people using it to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies.
The state-of-the art truck has a larger cabin than its predecessors, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters.
The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.
Commissioner Mullins said the number plate was secretly organised by former Zone Commander Adam Dewberry.
“Knowing that Cobar was due for a new fire truck, he approached me to request a personalised number plate for the new truck and I thought it was a perfect way of commemorating Firefighter Howard,” he said.
“The details of the new number plate were kept a secret from the crew until today [Tuesday].”
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